Teleostei (teleosts) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Microgobius: Greek, mikros = small + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).
More on authors: Longley & Hildebrand.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 36 m (Ref. 92840). Subtropical; - 16°N
Western Atlantic: southern Florida, USA and the Bahamas to Yucatan, Mexico and Belize.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92840)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Distinguished by the following characteristics: general body color is light grey-brown, typically have areas of very bright iridescent blue and/or yellow; body is laterally compressed; large, nearly vertical mouth; completely scaled body; first dorsal with VII spines; ventral fins are united (Ref. 92840).
Inhabits shallow water on soft calcareous bottoms. Found usually near burrow, but occasionally seen swimming in small schools.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 26.2 - 28, mean 27 °C (based on 289 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00333 - 0.01504), b=3.09 (2.92 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 83.6 [33.3, 182.1] mg/100g; Iron = 0.747 [0.330, 1.528] mg/100g; Protein = 18.6 [16.6, 20.4] %; Omega3 = 0.144 [0.058, 0.300] g/100g; Selenium = 11.9 [4.8, 29.9] μg/100g; VitaminA = 80.7 [18.5, 321.2] μg/100g; Zinc = 1.33 [0.78, 2.22] mg/100g (wet weight);